Renata, John Mason School - Abingdon
Annabelle lives a happy life with her two brothers, parents, grandparents and aunt. But when city girl Betty starts tormenting her, strange events occur and Betty disappears. Everyone turns to blame stranger Toby. But Annabelle is sure he is innocent. Who is to blame?
This book was a pleasure to read. I thought that the storyline was direct and had a clear dilemma and resolution. The ending was very satisfying and made sure to give a sufficient ending to all the characters.
The characters were described brilliantly. I thought that Betty was horrible and I was intrigued as to why she behaved that way. This shows that the author really put effort into describing her. The only thing that could have made the character descriptions better were physical descriptions as I didn’t know what they looked like, which could have made the reader more personally connected with the characters and story.
I thought that some of the key events were incorrectly described. For example, when Ruth lost her eye there was a dramatic build-up with a lot of tension but when the news of her losing an eye was revealed it seemed very anti-climactic. Yet the aftermath was also quite dramatic leaving me underwhelmed. The same happened with Betty’s death, only that was briefly mentioned and then it was never mentioned again.
I also found that there were many unnecessary stories or facts that gave no addition to the storyline, such as Betty crushing the quail or the facts about the Wolf pits.
Overall, I thought the book was amazing and an incredible read. I would give it 7.5/10.
Posted on: 2nd April 2017 at 06:44 pm
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